Prayer for Serenity 5: When You Want to Give Up or Give In
Stress is debilitating. Even with our best intentions, the weight of whatever is bothering us can defeat our motivation to rectify the situation. We feel helpless and hopeless. It seems easier living with the source of our stress than praying to God for how we should respond. Often, he will direct us to take no action. It’s not our battle this time. Other times, he wants us to be resilient, resourceful, and rectify the situation remembering: “I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).
Dear Lord, please refresh me with your living water. Let the Holy Spirit flow over me. Remind me that this world is not my home and to keep my eyes looking heavenly. I can so easily lose sight of you in the midst of my problems and the world’s craziness.
Others are watching how I react to stress and difficulties. They need to see that my dependence is on you. My source of hope is you working in ways I might not see.
I want to be an encourager when asked how I can still have a smile on my face and joy in my voice as I carry on in the midst of stressful times. Please don’t let darkness overtake me Lord as I seek your face in morning’s light and the stillness of night. I will not be discouraged for I know the Lord my God is with me wherever I go. Praise you Father. Amen
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
How to Incorporate Prayers of Serenity into Everyday Life
We all benefit from recognizing our stress triggers and noticing what brings us serenity and calmness. Try to carve out fifteen minutes each day as your personal “Serene Time.” It might require getting up earlier in the morning or turning off all the outside noises and distractions in the evening. Savor and guard your alone time with God!
Pray throughout the day while driving to work, doing the dishes, making dinner, exercising, shopping . . . virtually any activity. Ephesians 6:18 reminds us to “Pray in the Spirit at all times on every occasion.” It might be a long conversation or just a quick, “Help Lord!”
Listen to calming worship music in your home, car, and earbuds. Smile more. Even while wearing masks, our eyes are a window into our thoughts and emotions. Let your eyes and your words express the joy of the Lord in your heart.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” ― Reinhold Niebuhr
The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm. Exodus 14:14 NLT
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/Zinkevych